DISCLAIMER: I am a lover of colors. I love to see them classified, identified, and categorized. Paint chips excite me. I'm anal about it.
For anyone who "follows" Tim Holtz or loves his Distress Inks from Ranger, you know that new colors are on the horizon. Each month in 2015, will have the release of a new color in the Distress ink line. This mystery color will be revealed on the first Friday of each month and will be available in all Distress forms except for the mini pad. (Mini pads will be released in a set of 4 during the year, then made available as open stock next year.)
January's color is Cracked Pistachio, which I'd describe as a muted teal. It's a very patina color. At first, I wasn't thrilled as someone described it as a "mint" color. Patina is a better description and doesn't give me the heebie-jeebies. It's definitely a good color to add.
February's color was just announced! The newest color is Abandoned Coral. (Maybe the name will grow on me.) It's best described as a "pink-orange". It's more pink than Barn Door but more orange than Worn Lipstick. It's well...it's coral. It seems to pair well with some of the brighter colors in the line like Squeezed Lemonade and Picked Raspberry. I'll have to see it up close myself to determine if it's a color I'll likely use. I need colors that will have a compatible blending partner...if it'll blend into Ripe Persimmon, it'll be more versatile to me. Otherwise, it might be another stand-alone color that I don't need in ink pad form.
So this gets me to thinking...what's next? What other colors does the Distress line really lack? Tim Holtz still wants to keep it very retro and vintage. I have high hopes for these new releases...higher certainly than for the "Seasonal" colors that came out several years ago. (I'll save that rant for another post. Not a complaint just an observation as to why I don't reach for THOSE colors much.)
So my predictions for the next 10 colors of Distress Ink are based on possible expansions of color families as well as newer trends that seem to be popular this year.
Here are my predictions for the remaining 10 months in no particular order. (Yes, I decided to try my hand at giving them a name. With the announcement of Abandoned Coral, I don't feel so shy about my names...honestly...abandoned coral? Sheez.) This was harder than I thought it would be and I changed my mind a few times but here's what I'll say:
1. Wet Clay:
I predicted in one of my past posts that a new color to the line would be in the grey area...literally. So that's my first pick. This Distress color would be a darker shade of gray than Pumice Stone. Perfect for shadows and shading or even just stamping an outline without the BLACK!
2. Succulent Seaweed:
3. Lucky Mint:
4. Sweet Hydrangea:
5. Shy Violet:
While we're on purples, why not add a lighter tint of Seedless Preserves? Of the two lighter purples we've already got, neither goes easily with Seedless Preserves. Add the middle road; the color on the right.
6. Powder Puff:
With the various blues and teals already in the line, I was hesitant to predict another. However, there is only one light blue; Tumbled Glass. This color is versatile but there is room for one more. My predicted blue would be light but not a teal or turquoise...it would be a true blue that would be a tint lighter than Salty Ocean. In fact, it would round out a nice trio of marker blending between Salty Ocean and Tumbled Glass.
7. Rich Merlot: I admit this one is totally off the hook. However, I will predict that Ranger will try it's hand at adding a similar color to the Pantone color of 2015; Marsala.
While the Distress line does have the Aged Mahogany; it needs a lighter tint to make it harmonize with Victorian Velvet. This new Distress color would also pair nicely with the deep browns of the line as well as the metallics in the stains and sprays.
8. Flashing Neon:
9. School Bus:
10. Playful Shoreline:
These color examples I picked look good on my computer screen but I realize that can vary greatly between machines. And naturally, nothing beats seeing it in person in a nice natural light setting.
So those are some predictions of mine. I wonder if any of them will come to pass. Certainly, though, I predict new Distress markers and a few ink pads in my future!
"Rainbows apologize for angry skies." --Sylvia Voirol